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Garri Producers In Osun Hail Oyetola For Increased Patronage



—Say Oyetola Has Created More Means Of Livelihoods

By Grace Isaac, Osogbo

The Association of Osun State Garri Producer (AOSGP) has commended Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for the patronage they enjoy from the current administration.

The association, while expressing gratitude to the state governor over his effort at boosting local food production in the state, said the state government’s patronage of locally produced food commodities has added and improved the livelihood of both young and old who work across the food production value chain.

The association said the State government, through its Free Food Distribution Scheme tagged “Onje Ileri” has succeeded in turning around the economy of the state, most especially supporting Garri producers in the state.

The chairman of AOSGP, Mr Tajudeen Azeez, gave the commendation at a press conference to analyze the significant improvement of the state economy through the patronage of agricultural produces in the state by the state government.

According AOSGP Chairman, about one thousand metric tonnage of Garri has been purchased by the state government which shows that Osun farmers have produced over 4,000 tonnage of cassava tubers specifically delivered to the state government.

He added that more Garri processing centres have been established across the state which according to him are owned by young entrepreneurs and active woman.

While commending the governor, Azeez said his patronage have created more job opportunity in the state both at local rural and urban area across the local government.

One of the Garri producers, Mr Oyewale Azeez while praising the governor said he was excited when a woman from governor’s office came to purchased garri in his shop.

Azeez said he did store the garri in his shop and kept till when it will be sold saying the patronage encouraged him to employ people and produce more.

He explained that he was able to pay his children school fees and workers both farmers and transporters through the purchase from the woman.

“When I first see this kind of program, I was so surprised because someone, a woman came to purchase Garri in my industry, when there is no sale in the market, I usually bought the Garri stores it in parks.

“Famers were also happy because we’ve bought cassava that we haven’t paid for it ,when their is no demand it was only those people that wanted supply that came but we give thank to God, they remembered us.

Another beneficiaries from the government patronage, Mrs Sadiat Muritala, said she has never seen a Governor who had been so kind to the farmers like that of Governor Oyetola saying Oyetola had done tremendously well in boosting farming and small entrepreneur in the business.

“We appreciate the governor, he has done so well for us because since the creation of the state ,we have not seen this kind of program.

Also Victor Abiodun Oluwasina From Osogbo local Government added that Governor Oyetola has improved the economy tremendously through his support to the Garri producers.

He said they are able to pay the workers salary and get more things needed for the production.

“I want to thank the governor once more because the economy of the state has improved more and we’ve been able to pay the worker’s salary and as a result of that the chain from the farmers to transporters to the workers we can see that we’ve been able to feed our families,

For examples we have people that cannot not feed their families due to their financial predicament but with the introduction of monthly free food distribution many have been able to cater for their families. We thanks God we have been able to improve the state’s economy through the scheme.

“I will like to thank Mr Governor, Alhaji Gbeyega Oyetola for coming to the aide of farmers. I’m very happy that since the Government has put it’s hand on this business, economy of the state has improved tremendously”.

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